North Dakota - School Counseling Staff Qualifications: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
regulation; statute
Summary: 

State laws recommends minimum certification standards that include advanced coursework and graduate degree requirements for counselors and completion of a practicum or internship.

North Dakota Administrative Code 67-11-05-05. Credential standards.

  1. School counselor credential standards for the SC03 credential. The counselor must have a master's degree in counseling, education, or a related human service field and the following graduate core counseling coursework content from a state-approved school counseling program listed below:

    • a. Elementary school counseling;
    • b. Secondary school counseling;
    • c. Supervised school counseling internship consisting of a minimum of four hundred fifty contact hours of which at least one hundred fifty contact hours are at both the elementary and secondary level;
    • d. Counseling program management;
    • e. Counseling theories;
    • f. Assessment techniques;
    • g. Group counseling;
    • h. Career counseling and assessment;
    • i. Social and multicultural counseling;
    • j. Ethics and law; and
    • k. Counseling techniques.
  2. Counselor designate credential standards CD16. The counselor designate must:

    • a. Hold an educator's professional license issued by the education standards and practices board in accordance with North Dakota Century Code sections 15.1-13-08 and 15.1-13-10 and North Dakota Administrative Code title 67.1; and
    • b. Have completed a minimum of sixteen semester hours of graduate core counseling courses from a state-approved school counseling program.

North Dakota Century Code 15.1-13-23. School guidance and counseling services - Providers.

Notwithstanding any other law, guidance and counseling services at the elementary and secondary school level may be provided by a person holding a graduate degree in counseling from a state-approved school counseling program, with coursework and an internship in school counseling, as required for all counselors by the superintendent of public instruction, provided the person has a North Dakota teaching license or will obtain one within seven years from the date of first employment under this section. The board shall conduct a criminal history record check in accordance with section 12-60-24 on each person hired under this section. All costs associated with a background check are the responsibility of the person being hired. The board shall monitor a person hired under this section to ensure that the person annually completes at least one-seventh of the total credits required for that person to obtain a teaching license, as determined at the time of employment under this section.

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